Fourth Quarter Madness
Football Team Scores 13 Unanswered Points for Victory over Redmen
The Concordia Stingers’ football team prevailed in a 21-11 defensive battle with the McGill Redmen on Oct. 9 at Concordia Stadium, notching more points in the fourth quarter than the entire first half combined.
“We’re playing playoff level defence, but our offensive line was subpar today and I don’t even want to talk about all the balls our receivers dropped,” said Stingers head coach Gerry McGrath. “That’s not university calibre football from our receivers today and I’m pretty upset about it.”
There were at least three or four opportunities throughout the game where the Concordia receivers couldn’t come down with the ball after quarterback Terrance Morsink supplied seemingly-catchable passes.
“That stuff happens,” said Morsink. “I misread sometimes and I’m sure that’s frustrating for them when they’re wide open down the field and I don’t see it.”
The win gives the Stingers some security as playoff contenders—they currently sit fourth in the Quebec University Football League standings.
The same cannot be said for McGill, despite the fact that the team recorded 371 yards of total offence to Concordia’s 183.
“Our team is and will not be capable of winning games when we commit turnovers,” said Redmen coach Sonny Wolfe, whose team has not won a game this season. “Concordia played hard and won the game justly, but we helped them a little bit.”
After a scoreless first quarter, McGill took the lead early in the second. Putting an end to a drive that included 43 rushing yards from Redman Taylor Kuprowski, kicker Austin Anderson powered a field goal through the uprights from 18 yards out.
Concordia then went down 5-0 after conceding a safety. Deep into the second quarter, Morsink decided to take matters into his own hands to score the game’s opening touchdown.
Following an incomplete pass to Michael Harrington on 1st and 10 from McGill’s 19-yard line with 1:47 to go, Morsink elected to run on 2nd down and found space on the left side for a 16-yard gain. Running back Edem Nyamadi was then stuffed on the line before Morsink, absorbing a huge hit, punched the ball into the end zone to give Concordia a 7-5 lead at halftime.
Kuprowski would regain the lead for his team at 9:11 of the third, accepting the handoff from QB Ryne Bondy and finishing his team’s drive with a 1-yard touchdown run into the end zone. McGill went for the two-point conversion, but Bondy rifled a pass right into Stingers cornerback Kris Robertson’s arms.
Concordia punter Dumitru Ionita put his team within three points minutes before the third quarter ended, as his long punt crept through the end zone for a single.
The Stingers took over in the fourth quarter, as linebacker Alex Lemire recovered a fumble by Kuprowski at his team’s own 29-yard line. Morsink then ran on 2nd and 10 and once again came up with another 16-yard gain. He then completed the drive with a 13-yard touchdown pass to Harrington, but kicker Rene Paredes had his convert blocked.
“He missed a lot of things today that he’s got to get better at,” said McGrath on Morsink’s performance. “I appreciate his leadership, courage and resourcefulness at times by making plays with his feet, but he’s got to get through his read progression much more quickly and efficiently.”
Concordia running back Michael Donnelly made his mark on the game, recording a seven-yard touchdown run to cap a late drive with 5:58 left.
The football team’s next encounter will be at the Université de Sherbrooke Oct. 16 at 1:00 p.m.
This article originally appeared in Volume 31, Issue 09, published October 12, 2010.